Fairy Fencer F

Game review by
Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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RPG has strong story but mature content and weak gameplay.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

No matter who you are or how much the odds are stacked against you, you can make a huge difference in the world.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most of the heroic characters are young, ambitious adventurers with hearts of gold, selfless team players willing to put the greater good ahead of themselves.

Ease of Play

Uses a turn-based combat system, requiring players to attack in strategic fashion (similar to a board game). Players need to develop strategies to defeat increasingly stronger opponents. Not inherently challenging, so players willing to devote the time to level up and understand the game's nuances should be able to forge ahead.

Violence

Big emphasis on combat and violence, but players are mostly disconnected from the depiction of violence as they're selecting attacks from a turn-based menu system; attacks play out in animated sequences rather than in real time. Some characters are impaled, with blood trickling from their mouths.

Sex

Female characters in skimpy outfits showing cleavage. Dialogue occasionally focuses on this -- female characters compare breast size, and one guy talks about a woman putting her breasts in his face.

Language

"Bitch," "ass," "bastard."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fairy Fencer F is a role-playing game in which players embark on a journey to take on an evil force. Players join up with good-willed allies while engaging in frequent battles. Combat plays out in strategic turn-based fashion, although animations enhance the conflict with depictions of sword slashes, impalings, and even occasional blood drops. Players spend much of the game watching or reading through the expansive underlying story, mostly about global conflict and the day-to-day lives of the adventurers. Occasional references to sexuality, including discussion of breasts (and breasts being put in a male character's face). Curse words include "ass," "bastard," and "bitch." 

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What's it about?

FAIRY FENCER F tells the grand story of a universe in the aftermath of a conflict between two deities. Players find themselves in the midst of a continuing good-versus-evil environment where everyone's in search of mystical weapons that have the power to either cause great destruction or prevent it. Players will team up with various allies and try to prevent global chaos. Though highly fantastical in nature, the story draws on each character's very real emotions and delivers a message about fighting for what's right.

Is it any good?

Despite Fairy Fencer F's ambitious storyline, the gameplay falls a bit short. To stand out in the turn-based strategy genre, a title needs to have play mechanics that get mixed up a bit, a wrench thrown into the story, or a variety of fun and unique side quests. But here, once players become fully invested in the story, it just goes through the paces. There aren't big, rewarding payoffs when players significantly level up their characters, and the areas for players to explore don't get increasingly diverse or interesting; they feel too similar to one another.

The saving grace is the story, which is incredibly smart and well written and constantly unfolds with new levels of intrigue. Whether you're uncovering the reasons behind the war between deities or finding the next magic weapon, the story helps draw you in and keeps you going from one section to the next. The characters are memorable, too, and their willingness to sacrifice for the greater good is noble. This adventure will satisfy players but ultimately leave them wishing for something more.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the frequent combat in Fairy Fencer F. What do you think of the violence? Is it exaggerated or enhanced? Would you do anything differently if you designed the battles in this game?

  • When did you put the greater good ahead of yourself? How did it make you feel?

  • Talk about the portrayal of women in Fairy Fencer F. Can you see why some of the comments made about women and their bodies are offensive? Why would some people have these opinions?

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